23 Jul 2004 Pre-2014 Releases

The Steering Group set up by BHB following last month’s publication of the Report of the independent Stable and Stud Staff Commission held its inaugural meeting this week.

Under the Chairmanship of BHB Director Baroness Mallalieu, it will evaluate, in conjunction with relevant parties, the recommendations of the Commission.

Members of the Group have been appointed on the basis of their personal expertise and knowledge rather than the organisation for or sector within which they work. The Group will invite additional representatives from various industry and external bodies to attend specific meetings in an advisory or consultative capacity, and discussions will be held with all relevant organisations.

Baroness Mallalieu (Chairman)
Dawn Bacchus (Legal Executive, National Trainers’ Federation)
Fiona Birt-Llewellin (BHB Recruitment and Training Director)
Lady Burnham (former BHB Director and former Chairman of the Stable Staff Resources Study Group
Brigadier Cedric Burton (Chief Executive, Racing Welfare)
Alan Byrne (Member, Stable and Stud Staff Commission; former Racing Post Editor)
Jim Furlong (former BHB Director and former ROA President; former head of Furlong Associates, a City-based headhunting company)
Richard Lancaster (Stud Director, Shadwell Stud)
Brough Scott (Racing Post Editorial Director)

Terms of Reference

1. To communicate the Commission’s findings to the Racing and Breeding industries and to invite feedback
2. To identify areas for immediate action
3. To evaluate and prioritise the recommendations in the Stable and Stud Staff Commission Report, in consultation with the relevant industry bodies
4. To formulate subsequent plans to address the agreed priorities, in conjunction with the relevant parties
5. To monitor progress in the implementation of the plans
6. To report to the BHB Board on a quarterly basis and to the wider industry annually

Baroness Mallalieu said: “It was an extremely positive and productive first meeting. Everyone present showed a clear determination to try to ensure that the modernisation of the Racing industry includes the adoption of best practice in all areas relating to staff relations.”